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SDSU Track and Field Travels to Lone Star State for Texas Relays

Celeste Tyson and the Aztecs travel to Austin for the Texas Relays.
Celeste Tyson and the Aztecs travel to Austin for the Texas Relays.

April 2, 2007

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SDSU Track and Field Travels to Lone Star State for Texas Relays
Fresh off winning the Cal-Nevada Championships team title this past weekend in Fresno, Calif., San Diego State will go outside the state of the California for the first time this outdoor season to compete at the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

The Aztecs will get things underway at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Wednesday, April 4, beginning with the 800-meter run at 6:15 p.m. CDT. The prestigious meet continues through the week with multiple sessions each day and concludes Saturday afternoon. Live results can be found on the official athletic website of the University of Texas, www.texassports.com.

Select SDSU student-athletes not making the trip to Texas will travel north for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational at Strehle Track in Claremont, Calif. The one-day event is set for a 10 a.m. PDT start.

Following this week's action, San Diego State will compete in the Mt. SAC Heptathlon in Azusa, Calif., from April 11-12 and then compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, April 13-15, in Walnut, Calif. Other Aztecs not competing in the Mt. SAC event will travel to Long Beach, Calif., for the Long Beach Invitational.

Koehler Sets School Record in Triple Jump
Aztec newcomer Karoline Koehler continued her impressive season as she broke San Diego State's triple jump record at the Cal-Nevada Championships at Fresno State's Warmerdam Field on Saturday. The sophomore finished in first place with an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 41 feet, 11.50 inches. She outdistanced the event's second-place competitor, UCLA's Nicole Duhart (41-4.50), by seven inches. Koehler broke teammate Decontee Kaye's record of 41-9.75 established last season at the Duke Invitational.

Four Titles in Five Years
Winning four titles in five years is pretty good. That is exactly what San Diego State has done at the Cal-Nevada Championships. The Aztecs have taken the team crown in 2001, 2003, 2004 and now 2007 after not competing in 2005 and 2006. SDSU had the meet in control by the end of the day despite the 19-point difference between the first-place Aztecs and second-place and defending champion UCLA.

Sheffield Honored
With team success, individual accolades will follow and it certainly did this weekend as head coach Rahn Sheffield was named 2007 Cal-Nevada Championships Women's Coach of the Meet. The award is the fourth in five seasons at the annual meet. Coincidentally, each award coincides with every title the Aztecs have won since the 2001 event.

Tyson Returns to Texas
As a native of Austin, Texas, Celeste Tyson returns to her hometown this week and is set to compete in two different events. The senior will take part in the 1,500-meter run on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:35 p.m. CDT and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase set for 9 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 6. Tyson, a dual-sport athlete at SDSU who just completed her cross country eligibility in the fall, prepped at McNeil High School, which is just 15 miles away from the Longhorns' Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Koehler Wins MWC Athlete of the Week Award
Last week, Karoline Koehler was named Mountain West Conference Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on March 27. The award was the first of her career and the first of the season for the SDSU track and field squad.

Koehler claimed San Diego State's lone event title, while qualifying for the NCAA regionals in the process at USC's Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif.

The sophomore from Germany won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4.50 inches (6.21m). Her mark was not only the second best in SDSU school history, but also ranked fifth all-time in the MWC and was the fourth best in the nation. In addition, Koehler was the lone MWC competitor to have a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event.

Koehler also finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (11.98) and ran a personal-best time of 24.71 in the 200-meter dash, while anchoring the 4x100 relay team to an NCAA regional qualifying time of 45.64 for a third-place finish.

Her performance in the 200 was tied for the team's third-best effort of the season at the time and the relay's showing marked the second straight week in which it posted a regional qualifying time.